Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy Services

The faith and spiritual practices of patients and families are often a source of strength and hope during a hospital stay. Our chaplains are trained to respond to the spiritual needs of patients in the hospital setting. Chaplains provide spiritual support and guidance to patients and families as they seek healing, meaning and hope through the experience of illness or recovery from injury.

Chaplains share their responsibilities by rotating roles throughout the week to make sure someone is available for spiritual support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

They can be seen making rounds with caregivers, sitting quietly at a patient’s bedside or responding to traumas in the emergency department. They also perform interfaith worship services in the hospital chapels.

Profound Moments

Chaplains are often called upon to be with families in their moments of greatest joy and deepest sadness. They celebrate baptisms, blessings, recoveries and birthdays with families. They provide bereavement support, conduct funerals and memorial services and may help families talk through the delicate subject of organ/tissue/eye donation.

When to Call a Chaplain?

  • When you need assistance contacting your clergy or representative of your faith tradition.
  • When you are struggling to make sense out of what is happening.
  • When you need a Bible or religious literature.
  • When you need a prayer or other religious rituals such as anointing, baptism or communion.
  • When your child is having surgery.
  • When there is a new diagnosis or a significant change in the plan of care.
  • When you feel isolated or lonely.
  • When you are facing ethical decisions.
  • When grieving a loss or death.

Religious Rituals

Chaplains respond to patient and/or family requests for various religious rituals. We perform such rituals or make contact with an appropriate clergy person or religious leader to perform them as needed. Rituals requested by patients or families may include anointing, baptism, infant dedication, communion or other rituals unique to their faith tradition.

Clinical Pastoral Education

If you have inquiries regarding our Clinical Pastoral Education program, please contact Reverend Martha Wright at martha.wright@choa.org or 404-785-0352. If you're mailing an application, please mail it, along with $60, to Val McNamara at 1001 Johnson Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30342. You can download a copy of the CPE application here.